Home Improvements

The Story Behind the Painting

Since I’ve moved further away from the coast and into a more remote area, the bird species has changed. I am seeing a range of new birds that I didn’t get in the blue mountains of NSW.

This little Pardalote was busy building it’s nest or making home improvements maybe for a larger family, I’m not sure but it was wonderful to watch.

The Pardalote has decide to make a home in my veggie garden the entrance is the small hole in the centre of the tub. I’m always worried whenever I water the garden wether I’m flooding it’s home and will it be plotting revenge on me some day.

The final photograph that I chose of the Pardalote was sitting on the washing line, I however wanted to paint something a little more natural than a thin strand of rope. I gathered a collection of sticks chose one and placed it on my drawing table, I now had a replacement for the washing line.

My Painting Process

I was giving an out of focus background another go as I’m liking the affect more than just plain white background.

I was not worried about the paint over lapping the bird because most colours of Gouache are opaque and I knew the background would easily be covered up once I started painting.

I used a very thin layer of paint on saturated paper and lifted some highlights off with a paper towel.


Blocking in areas of colour and just getting a general feeling for the direction of the feathers.


I always like the start with the eyes or beak and once you put a little white dot in the eyes it just seems to make them come alive. This one had some nice definitions in the legs and feet, which I always like painting.


Now time to start adding lots of feathers and make the bird look a little more rounded by painting shadows under the belly and wings.


Next I started to paint the little bits of curled bark strands that the pardalote was using in its home renovations. Once this was completed I started painting the shadows on its belly.


Finally I painted the little stick that was sitting on my desk, rather than the rope in the photo. I used some blu-tack to stick it to a book so I could get the right angle to create a shadow in the same direction that was on the pardalote.

They make a beautiful little quick chirp-chirp and can be heard most of the day while I paint.


Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

2 Comments on “Home Improvements

  1. It was nice to sit down and catch up on your blogs, love all the different birds you make me very proud x

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